Nutrition & Environmental Health Advisor

Location Chiro, Ethiopia

Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale:

Open to all nationalities outside of Ethiopia. Applicants must be eligible to obtain an entry visa and work permit for Ethiopia.

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role


Do you have the skills to help address undernutrition for women of reproductive age and children under five years old? The Growing Nutrition for Mothers and Children (GROW) project is a partnership among Care Canada, Cuso International, and McGill University. The implementation of the project will be led by Care Ethiopia in close partnership with the government of Ethiopia Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus of Oromia and Afar Regional States. Cuso International Ethiopia Country Program Office will be involved in deploying volunteers to strengthen the institutional nutrition capacity of the different sectors involved in the implementation of the project. The project is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Design and implement sectoral nutrition capacity building activities for WASH Committee/water use committee

- Access household access to water and provide advisor support in improving Households/community access to safe drinking in the zone

-  Conduct household water quality check and improvement activities in the zone

-  Assist in the design and implementation sewage and sewage management strategies, including personal hygiene, home sanitation and use of latrine campaigns

-  Design materials on critical handwashing and promote CLTSH processes to bring about behavioral change of the community

Essential Academic Qualifications:

MSc. degree in Water Resources Management, Sanitary Science, Environmental Health

Essential Professional Background:

- Three years’ work experience in WASH and Nutrition interventions

- Demonstrated work experience in improving access to drinking water and waste management

- Handson experience in the design of water quality improvement strategies


About Our Partner


Oda Bultum University

Oda Bultum University, established in 2015 as an autonomous higher learning institution, currently runs seven different colleges that provide first-degree qualification training in 18 Agriculture and Natural Sciences related field of studies.

Like other public universities in Ethiopia, OBD has three core mandates: Teaching/Training, Research Service and Community Engagement. The University is committed to produce competent and well-equipped graduates with knowledge, skill, and attitude in all academic programs. The University is also requesting academic staff to undertake problem-solving research activities such as linking research findings with teaching and community engagement activities. Through this, the University has already identified seven main research thematic areas with 34 sub- researchable themes.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.

- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.